Whether you’re getting married or just want to try something new with your hair, matching braids can look super cute. But they can also be tricky if you don’t know how to do them properly. Here are some tips to help you learn how to make yourself a matching braid:
How to Make a 3-Strand Braid
The easiest way to braid your hair is to divide it into three sections and then cross them over each other. You can use a comb or fingernail to draw these dividing lines along your scalp, parallel to the direction you’d like your braids to go.
To begin, gather a small chunk of your hair at the back of your head and put it into a half-up, half-down ponytail. Then, gently brush it away from your face to smooth it out.
Next, divide that chunk into 3 even sections, using your fingers to do so. Position two of the sections in your left hand, and the third in your right. Be sure to keep them separated by an index finger, so they don’t get twisted together while you’re braiding.
How to Start a French Braid
To start your French braid, position the section of hair in your left hand on top of the section in your right. Then, move your right section over its neighbor, swap which hands you’re holding, and then likewise for the left. Repeat this alternating criss cross pattern for the length of your hair.
How to Tie off a Braid
When you’ve finished your braid, tie it off with a hair tie that matches your hair color. You can choose a simple one that’s plain, or you can go with something more elaborate if your outfit calls for it.
You can also use hair clips or ribbons to add a bit of extra detail to your braid, depending on the season. If it’s summer, consider tucking a silk hibiscus flower into your hair clip for a tropical look. In the fall, consider a hair clip made of leather for a casual yet elegant look.
How to Add Beads
If you’re adding beads to your braid, do so at the very beginning of the process – not later, when it’s already too late and you don’t have much hair left to work with. Beads add a touch of sparkle, but aren’t essential to the final look.
How to Tie off During the Day
Once you’ve finished your braid, tie it away from your face with a hair tie. This can be done at the nape of your neck or at the end of your hair if you want to show off some volume.